WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll out Thursday indicates that less than quarter of Americans think things are going well in the country.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll showed that only 24 percent have a positive outlook for the country, while 76 percent say things are on the wrong track.
That figure is the lowest number on record since 1980, and the third time in four decades that the number has dropped so low.
Recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. polling has shown a steady drop in the country's mood. In April 2007, 51 percent said things in the country were going badly. A year later, 70 percent felt that way.
"Only three events - Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis, and the economic downturn of 1992 - have driven below 30 percent the number who think things are going well," CNN's polling director Keating Holland said. The mood of the country has been assessed since 1974.
The poll sampled 1,041 adult Americans by telephone on July 27-29, 2008. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Race,race race we can't seem to get past it for nothing in the world. It raelly can drag a person down. Poor Obama wants to do the right thing and what is best for America but his race is going to keep him from the nWhite House.
ORIGINALLY YOU SEEM TO BE RUNNING AGAINST A FORGETFUL OLD MAN.
NOW IT SEEMS YOU'RE RUNNING AGAINST A 10 YEAR OLD.
REPUBLICAN MACHINE IS NOW AT THE HELM, WITH THE BACKING OF BIG OIL COMPANIES THEY ARE IN FULL FORCE.
DON'T GET SUCK IN WITH ALL THE BS GOING AROUND. IT'S TIME TO BE SMART.
STOP THE DECEPTION
STOP THE LIES
STOP THE MANIPULATION
STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.
There's a reason why things are so dismal in the U.S.; we elect individuals to Congress and the White House who are either weak-minded idealogues or cynical hacks who are beholden to special interest groups . Our country faces a series of problems and we need more than simplistic, cookie-cutter ideologies or back slapping cronyism in order to solve them. Wake up America, wake up, please.
Ya, the Idea of a people voting for McCain to keep this all going, just makes my mood even lower....
"76 percent of Americans are not happy with how things are going in the country" .. and yet these idiots are going to vote for the same failed policies ... ONLY IN AMERICA .. LMAO
We have a long way to go be proud again in this country.
Electing Barack Obama the next President will go a long way toward that goal.
I think it's that whole "mental recession" Senator Graham was talking about. A mental recession will put your mood in the dumps.
CHEER UP AMERICA!
WHY SO SERIOUS?
let's s put a smile on that face
i still after years wonder who does CNN calls for their polls, may be the clintons?
it is mid sumemr, we will all talk later, and will have a say,
wait and see but dont trust CNN
clinton national news and strong supporter of McBush..
i think people need to try being positive every once in a while.
Yes and those 24% are the same Kool-aid drinkers who voted for Dumbya twice and are planning on voting for his pal, McSame...
That is because CNN, and Borack Obama; has divided it.
No Security!!!! None...............
Congress approval numbers are even lower than ...single digit...don't the Democrats run Congress? Seems to me if the Dems pick up more spots this election year I would have to disagree with the patronizing pat sound bites spewed by most Dem politicians that the American people are smart. All you have to do to see how smart Americans are is watch the Jay Leno show when he does his Jay walk spots.
WE AMERICANS HATE OUR PRESIDENT. HE HAS IGNORED THE PEOPLE FOR 7 YEARS.
Fortunately we're doing okay because we have our personal fiscal house is in order. We bought our house in 2003 (so far it's still worth $90K more than our purchase price), we haven't used it as an ATM (it'll be paid off in August 2009) and we pay off our credit card balances every month.
My wife and I are learned our fiscal responsibility lesson during the stagflation period from 1980 – 1983. We just hope and pray that our 26 and 28 year old children will be able to make their ends meet.
The current housing debacle is worse than the S&L bailouts that started during Bush 41's Presidency.
what puzzles me is, knowing what we know now there will be some that will still VOTE for McCsame. INSANE
I wish they had called me, I'm feeling gloomy too. We have a corrupt party in power with a dimwit for a leader, and now McCain and Co. are running inane ads. The "liberal" media doesn't hold McCain accountable for his many gaffs. Who wouldn't be down?
Maybe they should just start putting antidepressants in the water like flouridation. Since if McCain gets in, I shudder to think where we'll be in 2012 . . .
and you want to elect John McCain?
Wrong track? That implies moving forward: progress. Believe we are going backwards and downhill at record speed. Gee Mr. McCain, does that mean it's only a mental recession, just an imaginary "low" and that's why I'm a whiner?
Polls show Obama up by 1 point in the Gallup Poll
Change we can all believe in!!!
25% really think things are going well?
What do you expect? Does it send a message that, each of the 3 different periods-who was in control of the White House!
And the fact that one or two people are even considering voting for mcsurge is just truly unbelievable and scary. This country is scary, there are some backwards people living here.
Good for Obama.
The [R]s have screwed-up this country royally in the past 7 years. They held the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and drove this country nose-first into the ground. And many of the [R]s who polled with the 76% cannot even admit it. And, my God, what about the 24% - there is a significant level of political retardation in the American public! .......and these peole will be voting again in Nov. Quite sad.